tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce technicality (audio) \
plural technicalities

Definition of technicality

1 : something technical especially : a detail meaningful only to a specialist a legal technicality
2 : the quality or state of being technical

Examples of technicality in a Sentence

These cases were dropped because of legal technicalities.
Recent Examples on the Web According to court documents, the U.S. Tenth District Court in Oklahoma granted Exotic’s appeal on a technicality. Natalie Hope Mcdonald, Vulture, 14 July 2021 The due process violation here is no mere technicality. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 July 2021 The same technicality almost certainly will keep him on the job. Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Cosby had the resources to fight over this technicality for years, as so many others in the criminal justice system don't. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 1 July 2021 Miller agreed Claudette’s birth and rebirth over land was noteworthy but said some of the sensation may be a technicality. al, 28 June 2021 This is a true tightening of monetary policy, not the mere technicality the Fed presented it as. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 22 June 2021 When a competent and well-motivated adversary steps in, probing the digital infrastructure of such a juicy target for vulnerabilities is a mere technicality and a matter of time. David Balaban, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Before finding salvation through a technicality in the rules that set a five-year time limit on the infractions eligible for punishment, the club tried to have the case thrown out at the CAS before UEFA had even ruled. New York Times, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of technicality

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for technicality

technical entry 1 + -ity

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“Technicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of technicality

: a small detail in a rule, law, etc., and especially one that forces an unwanted or unexpected result
: something that is understood by experts but usually not by other people


tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce technicality (audio) \
plural technicalities

Kids Definition of technicality

: something that is understood only by a person with special training a legal technicality

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